Metallurgist

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Georgius Agricola, author of De re metallica, an important early work on metal extraction, also known as the father of metallurgy

A Metallurgist is a material scientist or technician who specializes in metals such as steel, aluminum, iron, and copper working with the knowledge of metallurgy. They may work with alloys; metals that are mixed with each other or other elements to create materials with specific desirable properties. They are also referred to as metallurgical engineers or material science engineers. Metallurgists may test items or do failure analysis.